Speak First Blog

14 November 2019

Managing your emotions at work

Imagine for a moment a boiling pan of water on a gas stove – what happens if the pan boils over? If the fuel is running too high under the pan, the water inside the pan bubbles, the pan lid can no ...

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7 November 2019

Supporting employees through change

With economics constantly changing in today’s business world, organisations scramble to sustain, often leaving stressed employees in their wake. “Change is inevitable in organisations, and when it ...

31 October 2019

Surviving the stresses of sales calling

It’s estimated that stress-related illnesses lose American businesses $200-300 billion a year;1 in the UK, one in five workers experience medium to high levels of work-related stress several times a ...

28 October 2019

Terry Bowen, speak first global training designer, visits the cape flats charity team

Since working at Speak First, I’ve had many opportunities to learn new things and gain valuable life experiences. Even at my age I’m still learning new things!

24 October 2019

The impact of perfectionism on wellbeing

When did you last hear an interviewee say, “I’m a perfectionist” in response to the question “What's your greatest weakness?” Many people use the term perfectionism to imply something positive and ...

11 October 2019

The top 10 things we learnt at our 'happy workplace' event

On 10th October, we ran our learning bite event ‘Happy Workplace: A Holistic Approach to Achieving Mental Wellbeing’ to mark World Mental Health Day and to kick off our own campaign, looking at ...

10 October 2019

Stress: is it always a bad thing?

Are you stressed out? Have you noticed that people usually mention about stress as a passive term nowadays? For example, we may say, “I’m so stressed” or “I’m stressed out about all the work I have ...

3 October 2019

9 steps to avoiding death by powerpoint

Since its release all the way back in 1987, PowerPoint has transformed and defined how we give presentations. If you’ve been asked to give a report in a meeting, a speech at a conference or a pitch ...

30 September 2019

A conversation with... Ester UYS, CEO of The Cape Flats Youth Development Programme

Ester Uys has spent many years as a social worker, working with some of the most at-risk children in Cape Town Flats in South Africa. In January 2017, she established the Cape Flats Youth Development ...

26 September 2019

6 Steps to building your self-confidence

Eleanor Roosevelt, the former First Lady of the United States, once said that “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” and she was right, in theory. With enough practice, you can be ...